Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Early Deepavali cheer

Last weekend, I visited the family of Thanasegaran of Good Year Court 2 in USJ 6 together with MPSJ councillor for Zone 3, Rajiv Rishyakaran and a few of my friends. Last year, my office assisted this family by providing groceries for 12 months.

Michael and friends are equally passionate about welfare of the poor. They purchased food for the family and a brand new mattress for Thanasegaran who has been bedridden for 15 years now. When we arrived and informed him of the gifts we have prepared for him for Deepavali, he started crying and thanking us for the assistance. I was moved to tears too! A big thank you to Michael and friends. It is so encouraging to see young people taking ownership of this nation and the welfare of others.

My office is arranging for more aid for this family. For those of you who are interested to assist, please email my assistant Timothy Ho at timothyho@dapsj.com for more details before the 5th of October 2009.

MPSJ Councillor for Zone 3 (USJ 2 - 15)

Introducing the new MPSJ councillor for Zone 3 (USJ 2 to USJ 15):

Name : Rajiv Rishyakaran

Age : 28

Qualification : Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

Contact number : 012-3111585

E-mail : rajiv@dapsj.com

Blog : http://rajiv4malaysia.blogspot.com/

Rajiv has been serving as a special assistant in my office since March 2008. He is familiar with the issues in USJ and is passionate about nation building and promoting principles of competency, accountability and transparency in policy making.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Well done YAB Lim Guan Eng!

I am so pleased with this article reported by the Malaysian Insider "Malaysia rated 47th least corrupt, Penang praised" - not because of our current position as compared to other countries but because of Penang's anti-corruption efforts! We need to keep fighting corruption and exalt this nation again.

We have to start somewhere and Penang had a good start! Well done YAB Lim Guan Eng!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Not all politicians are corrupt

A few days ago I crossed path with two young girls from East Malaysia. I was sharing with them the change that took place on 8 March 2008 and how that change has not only altered politics in Peninsular Malaysia but it has also radically changed my life. It is wonderful to see how receptive and excited they were about the prospect of that change making its round in Sarawak and Sabah come the next general election.

These two young girls shared with me how corruption is rampant in the long houses they live in during elections. Certain politicians would come and offer money in return for votes. I encouraged both of them to hold fast to integrity and the conviction they both share about fighting corruption.

Righteousness exalts a nation. We need to start with the young. We need to teach them about the consequences of corruption and its costs to the nation.

We, the adults usually remember very well the lessons we learned when we were children. As such, whenever the opportunity arises for me to speak to children, I would address the issue of corruption, hoping that they would remember it when they grow up.

Parents must not underestimate the lessons they teach their kids when they're young. I learned a painful lesson from my dad when I was seven. When I was in Standard One, my classmate used to give my sister and I some of her daily allowance (about fifty cents everyday). Those days, fifty cents could buy me lots of junk food in school. When her mom found out, she reported this to my teacher (who was my neighbour) who then reported this to my dad.

When my dad heard this, my sister and I were called to face his wrath! I still remember what he said to me when he made us kneel before him in our living hall. He took out a ruler and he said, "this is to teach you never to take anything that does not belong to you." That was the first and only time my father ever hit my hand (Note: I am not encouraging parents to hit their children).

That experience is still so vivid to me. He disciplined me and I knew my dad did that because he didn't want his children to steal from others though we were poor. That was the lesson I learned when I was seven and today at the age of 30, I still carry that lesson with me and that ladies and gentlemen is how my fight against corruption has its root from - never to take anything that does not belong to me and that means taxpayers' money! You can teach your children how to fight corruption, teach them good values while they're young so that when they grow up, they will not depart from them. The next time you are tempted to bribe your way through, think again – your children may be watching you and may follow your examples.

Some Malaysians like to condemn those who are guilty of receiving bribes and justify and defend those who offer bribes. Corruption often happens for convenience sake. People would offer bribes, often an amount lower than the legal summon to avoid them the hassle of going to the authorities to pay up. People would offer bribes for a shorter waiting time, for a faster approval or for keeping others quiet.

Corruption will persist in Malaysia for as long as the people continue to feed the greed for such money. Shut the hungry mouths and get rid of the feeding hands. Unless we get rid of both, our mission to fight corruption will be futile.

I have one single goal for my time in politics and that is to prove to our nation that not all politicians are corrupt and to bear witness that only righteousness can exalt Malaysia again. Happy Malaysia Day and to our friends in East Malaysia (just like what I shared to the two young girls mentioned at the start of my article): hang in there, the best is yet to come!
(By HANNAH YEOH/MySinchew)
(HANNAH YEOH is state assemblywoman for Subang Jaya)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Here's wishing all my Muslim residents, friends and readers "Selamat Menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri". For those who are travelling, drive safely and have a wonderful time with your loved ones.

Ramadan joy in Subang Jaya

As blogged earlier, my office gave RM2000 for each mosque and RM1000 for each surau from my annual state constituency allocation to assist them in their month-long buka puasa activities. In addition to that, my office also prepared small packets of dates (buah kurma) as a simple gesture during my visit to a number of mosques and suraus in DUN Subang Jaya. I participated in the buka puasa activities and through these activities, I got to know my Muslim constituents better. Below are some photographs captured during my visits:
At Masjid Darul Ehsan in SS 15

The simple yet delicious food prepared for all

YB Loh Gwo Burne (MP for Kelana Jaya) and my husband, Ram eating together with their Muslim friends

Giving of kurma

At Surau Al Ikhlas in SS 19 together with my husband and committee members of the Surau (this photo - courtesy of SJ Echo)

Giving of kurma to resident group of different races who also participated in the buka puasa event (this photo - courtesy of SJ Echo)

At Masjid Al Mukminun in USJ 2

At Surau Al Muttaqun in USJ 12

At Masjid An Nur in USJ 4

Monday, September 14, 2009

Launch of Reformasi Generation

Click here for details of the launch and here for more details on the book. See you there!

Balik Kampung - Rumah Selamat

"Balik Kampung - Rumah Selamat" is a joint security campaign initiated by SJ Alert with the various Residents' Associations and the Subang Jaya District Police for residents of USJ/SJ/Putra Heights/Bandar Sunway.

This "FREE Service" extended by the Police to those who are planning to "Balik Kampung" or go away on short vacation/holidays during the forthcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive period.

All you have to do is to register using the specially-printed "Balik Kampung" forms (available at your friendly Neighbourhood Balai Polis) or register on-line at http://www.sjalert.com.my/ to get the Police to keep an eye over your unoccupied home.

Kindly note that this "FREE Service" is available to all residents living in SJ/USJ/Putra Heights/Bandar Sunway, regardless of whether they are SJ Alert Members. So please tell your neighbours and friends about the Balik Kampung - Rumah Selamat campaign.

SJ Alert

Friday, September 11, 2009

New recreational facility for SS13, Subang Jaya

The residents of SS13 flats have every reason to celebrate! There is now a new futsal court built by MPSJ for the children and adults living there. The SS13 flats are being surrounded by highways and flyovers - Kesas, NPE and now the Subang Kelana Link. It is important that the children there have proper recreational facilities. The upgraded recreational facilities for residents in SS13 flats are:-
(a) new futsal court
(b) restoration of Millennium Park with new trees and turf
(c) free usage of football field in Kompleks 3K, SS13 once a week exclusively for residents of SS13
(d) new children's playground (planned for next year)

MPSJ councillor, Mdm Theresa Ratnam and committee members of JKP Zone 1 presented groceries contributed by MPSJ for 20 deserving families in SS13 in conjunction with Ramadan

Multi-racial participation at the buka puasa event

Chairman of the Subang Jaya Buddhist Association, Mr Chim was also present to spend time with the surau committee members

My office prepared small packets of dates (buah kurma) as a simple gesture for all who attended the buka puasa event

These children will now have a futsal court at their home ground!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

SELCAT public hearing on use of allocation by former BN assemblymen

I am currently at the public hearing conducted by SELCAT on the use of allocation by all former BN assemblymen. Each assemblyman has used up RM500,000 per DUN from January to February 2008 (in 2 months). This RM500,000 was supposed to be used for the entire duration of year 2008.

Officers from Petaling Land Office who approved these transactions are being questioned now. For Subang Jaya, it was revealed that our former assemblyman has submitted applications for allocation even after the March 8 elections. Some funds were used for programs outside of Subang Jaya. For some other constituencies, it was revealed that funds were disbursed to former BN assemblymen even after our Menteri Besar has taken oath for the new administration. Clearly, these funds were used as campaign funds for the elections. Taxpayers' funds were used to advance their political parties' interests for UMNO, MIC, Puteri UMNO and MCA events. Satu lagi projek Barisan Nasional!

And on the other hand, we have MACC investigating us the PR assemblymen for legitimate applications for legitimate programs used for the benefit of residents.

2nd SELCAT public hearing

The 2nd public hearing of the Selangor Legislative Assembly's Select Committee on Competency, Accountability & Transparency (SELCAT) commences today (Tuesday Sept 08 2009). Watch it online live at http://www.tvselangor.com/ or multimedia.selangor.gov.my.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Interview with Malay Mail

Below is my interview featured in Malay Mail today. Read the full article here:

Hannah Yeoh, Subang Jaya assemblyman

“Town hall meetings are a new concept Pakatan Rakyat leaders use to engage with residents and it is part of Local Agenda 21. However these protesters were not there to discuss. People who discuss will not behave like that.

“There are many ways of protesting but their way insulted another religion. Freedom of speech must come with responsibility and those who are irresponsible in expressing this must be punished by the law. Why isn’t the Home Ministry acting?

“Malaysians must learn to deal with sensitive issues and not sweep them under the carpet.”

Sunday, September 6, 2009

UMNO rubbishes 1Malaysia

TVSelangor interview with me as ADUN for Subang Jaya, MP for Kapar YB Manikavasagam and ADUN for Sri Muda YB Shuhaimi on the 'cow-head' protest

Few days ago, I was invited to an interview with TVSelangor on the 'cow-head' protest issue. A lot have been said about this disrespectful act by this group of protesters.

This 'cow-head' protest has offended so many Malaysians, not just the Hindus but also the Buddhists, Christians, Muslims and even atheists. Why? These protesters have failed to love their neighbours as they love themselves.

Some articles claim that UMNO is behind this. I believe so. I have seen many angry residents before but never to the extent of becoming so unruly. There is a political agenda behind this - to discredit and embarrass our PR leaders and to create chaos in the State. Our Home Minister went out of his way to defend them. Our Prime Minister, instead of taking fast action to preserve the spirit of 1Malaysia is going on and on and on politicking.

The chaotic town hall meeting yesterday shows that these protesters are incapable of sitting down for a discussion. They have no intention to resolve this. They do not know how to give, only demanding to take.

I am just surprised that an act such as this - caught in video and photographs taken by the press clearly revealing the faces of the protesters can still be in the process of 'investigation' by the police.

Police must act fast and stop harassing peaceful protesters holding candles. The violent protesters holding a blood-stained 'cow-head' are still out there! Malaysia is to be delivered from this racist element that is lurking in our society.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Meeting my constituents at Ramadan bazaar

Last weekend, I visited the Ramadan bazaars at SS18 and USJ 4. I wanted to meet the traders and residents.
This year MPSJ has set new rules requiring traders:
(1) to have standardised MPSJ canopies
(2) to dismantle their canopies and pack up their stalls daily after trading.

This is to promote cleanliness. Some residents have informed me that this new rule is a step forward as it promotes good hygiene. Before issuing the licences for the bazaar, MPSJ conducted a briefing for all interested traders and they were all briefed on the do's and don'ts to ensure that this year's Ramadan bazaars operate more efficiently and orderly.
The police officers from SS17 and USJ 8 police stations were also present to give out Balik Kampung Rumah Selamat forms for anyone who will be away during the festive seasons. This festive program is one of the many ways to fight crime in our neighbourhood and I hope more residents will take advantage of this program by the police.

Explaining the Balik Kampung Rumah Selamat program to a family

Meeting my constituents

At the USJ 4 Ramadan bazaar

Ramadan bazaars are a favourite for all Malaysians. This is definitely one of my favourite 'truly Malaysian' scenes!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Community Day at PJS 9

This is the posting on the Community Day organised by Kawasan Rukun Tetangga PJS 9. There was a strong crowd present that night. Behind me (picture above) is the newly constructed resting area ("wakaf") initiated by JKP Zone 2 led by MPSJ councillor Ken Chia. The residents in Bandar Sunway are very pleased to have Ken Chia reappointed for the second term to continue serving them.

I also utilised my state allocation to purchase 4 bicycles equipped with head lights, tail lights and bottle holders for the residents' patrol team. Few months ago, I have also purchased safety vests and walkie talkie for them.
Others members of JKP Zone 2 were also present including representatives from PJS 7 and Sunway Tiara. Former chairman, Richard Leow and current chairman Balakrishnan A/L Arumugam of Bandar Sunway Residents' Association were also present to show their support. Mr Muniandy of Jabatan Perpaduan Negara Dan Integrasi Nasional also attended the event.

Residents here have very active committee members looking after their general welfare and interest. I hope more residents will follow the example of the close bond formed within and outside this community. Such bond is possible and very much needed in an urban residential area.